For the end of the book, I needed some kind of end page image, and I thought it would be fitting with the whole thing in there about Charlie Chaplin movies to do something in the type of a silent movie end title card. I put, “The End…?” with the question mark in there, because to me what I wanted the book to really be was a beginning the introduced these characters and their situations and set the stage for what I was planning to do next. I think it’s fitting to bridge that with a silent movie title card, because the next chapter, the first chapter of Damaged Goods, is going to start with a title card that’s a reference to another era of film.
I figured that, as long as I was posting some extra drawings this weekend, I would post the “Break My Boy Cunt!” version of the drawing I posted yesterday. I made this version at Daniel’s request, and he seems to find it amusing, so I guess it’s not demeaning.
When he mentioned doing a version with him saying that, I just happened to have a word balloon with those words already scanned in from the picture of Truckstop I did that I used in his character guide entry. I actually made that drawing of Truckstop saying that because I really want to make “Break My Boy Cunt!” underwear to sell, but I haven’t got around to it yet. I’m working on a Cafe Press store front to sell some T-shirts and things with my characters, but they don’t seem to have underwear that I like that I think would be suitable. Anybody have suggestions for good places that will print that on underwear?
I did this drawing a few weeks ago because I started listening to this guy’s music and I liked it, and I had started talking to him when he tweeted about liking my comics, so obviously he has excellent taste. I like the drawing, but it wasn’t necessarily done as part of the upcoming storyline, so I figured before I started posting Damaged Goods I’d make a weekend post and post this.
If you want to check out the Daniel Versus the World music, you can here . It’s kind of angsty gay boy singer/songwriter stuff that reminds me a bit of Conor Oberst. I’m not sure that’s a great anaology, but when I used it Daniel liked being compared to Conor, so I’ll stick with it.
I’ve been talking to Daniel about him or some of his friends being involved in recording the Dove of Love EP, so stay tuned. You can follow the progress of Dove of Love on the Facebook page I made for the band here , and also of course once the band starts to become a presence in my comics more.
I mostly did this comic because I had some new pens and things I wanted to test out, and I also wanted to try out the new format size I’m going to be using in the upcoming strips. The dimensions of the strips are basically the same, but I’m going to be drawing them much bigger. I think I’m also going to be doing more strips in this size, which is the kind of eight-panel size, or the size of two of the smaller strips I used to do, just because there’s more story and more back-and-forth dialog in the stuff coming up, and I think a lot of them will be better suited to have some more panels than to be in the smaller size. I was also having some trouble getting the lines the way I wanted with the rabbit, and so I’m trying a new pen here. I think if you look closely you can kind of watch me learning to use the pen through the strip. By about the fourth panel I think the rabbit is looking alright. Anyway, yeah, trying to work on the look of things coming up, and this strip kind of had some amusing stuff that I liked and it didn’t seem like it would fit too well in with the storylines that are coming up immediately, so I figured I’d just do it and see how it came out.
Over the weekend I’m going to be posting a couple random drawings I’ve done, and then on Monday there will be a blog and the last image from the book I had come out last year. Well, sort of the last image. And then all sorts of new stuff afterwards.
This is another drawing I did for my book that came out last year. I needed an illustration for the introduction page, and I thought a little group shot of Rickets, Prester and Truckstop would be fun. I’ve colored it now to use it for the character guide on the website and things like that.
As long as I’m posting, I’ll go ahead and add the list of Douchebags of Comics cards with the latest additions:
Already have illustrations for cards:
Orson Scott Card
Definitely receiving cards:
J. Michael Straczynski
J. Scott Campbell
Ethan Van Sciver
Just to clarify, a few people on the “Under consideration” list are people I don’t know too much about but who have been strongly recommended to me. That’s why they’re on the “Under consideration” list as opposed to the “Definitely receiving cards” list. Most of the people on the list, though, are people I’m strongly considering. Jim Lee got moved up to the other list mostly on the strength of recent comments he’s made about the Watchmen prequels.
Alright, so I think the plan is roughly as follows:
The colored version of this picture will be posted tomorrow, and I think that will complete the character guide sort of images for now. There are a few more character guide entries I’d like to make, including a couple new characters that haven’t been introduced yet, but I’ll work on that as Damaged Goods goes on.
On Friday, there will be a new standalone strip I did just for the fun of it, and next Monday there will be one more image from my book that came out last year that hasn’t been on this website yet. I’ve been saving it to post at the right time, because it’s meant to tie in directly with the first image of Damaged Goods.
Next Tuesday, probably, I’ll be posting the cover image for Damaged Goods in black and white, which I mostly finished drawing last night, by the way. It looks pretty awesome, and I’m kind of proud of it :) I drew it in a couple pieces, for reasons that will probably become apparent once you see it, and so I’m going to be putting those pieces together and coloring it over the next couple of days, and then posting the colored version here next Wednesday. As I work on different versions of it, I’ll probably be putting them up on the Facebook page for my comics , and talking about it on Twitter as I go, so if you’re curious about such things, Like and follow me and all that and you can get a little more behind the scenes with the art as it progresses.
Then next Friday I’m planning to post the first image from Damaged Goods past the cover, a title page image for the first chapter. After that we’ll be off with what I’m planning!
In between chunks of Damaged Goods, I’m going to keep posting pieces of all the other projects I’ve been talking about, including more Douchebags of Comics cards. I posted a partial list of candidates for cards a couple days ago, and I’ve actually had more suggestions since then. The goal is to get to a set of 52 cards now to create The Douche 52, so if you have suggestions for people who you think deserve cards or, also, if I’m considering somebody for a card who you don’t think deserves one, please feel free to let me know!
Colored by the great Phil Good for the back cover of my book. I like this drawing a lot, because I think it’s about the cutest way possible to draw a cartoon fox cruising for a seedy gang bang.
For more upcoming Truckstop news and drawings, Like his Facebook page I recently made.
Early next week, I think I’m gonna post the Capitalist Pig entry for the character guide, since Capitalist Pig is gonna be an important part of the upcoming storylines in Damaged Goods. Then maybe a few more different pieces before we’re on to Damaged Goods itself. I’ve been drawing the cover the last few days, and I’m pretty excited about it. It’s a bunch of my characters in a big cityscape, and it’s a few orders of magnitude more complicated than most things I’ve drawn before. I want it to be a big banner image for this whole wave of upcoming stuff, so I’m putting a lot of time into it, hopefully that pays off with a pretty awesome image.
I might post another Douchebags of Comics card or two before starting Damaged Goods, we’ll see. I’ve been reading a bunch of Dave Sim interviews and stuff to prepare for doing a card of him, and… wow. I already knew a lot of his more infamous remarks, and he was going to get a card anyway, but when I announced the cards I got inundated with suggestions to make a card of him. He got far more suggestions than anybody else. Apparently, when you say, “douchebag,” people think, “Dave Sim!” But in spite of all of that, until I started doing some research I had no idea just how deep the well of crazy went on this one. The more I read, the more I almost start to have mixed feelings about doing a card on him, because he’s obviously a deeply mentally ill person, and making fun of him kind of seems like picking on a disabled kid.
That said, his torrential outpouring of hate and hostility over the last couple of decades makes him more than deserve it, and whatever he is, he’s not stupid. A lot of his views are stupid, but he willfully ignores, or the illness in his brain ignores for him, large parts of reality so that those views seem cogent to him, and he can bend everything together into some big map of his own reality he’s creating, just like how he thinks it makes sense to bend a bunch of religions together and create a religion of one, where he’s the only member, and still be convinced that out of the whole world, he’s the only one who believes the right thing.
He’s also not untalented, but it kind of makes me mad to see what skill he has wasted on what could have been a great series of graphic novels, and instead was turned into a vast scale model monument to craziness and obstinance. I understand some of his artistic decisions, and there was potential there, so it’s upsetting to see how he threw it out the window.
Anyway, that’s enough on Dave Sim now, since I’m sure I’ll be posting more later. Maybe I’ll do the card for Jim Davis first, since I know I’ll enjoy making fun of Garfield. If anything is unambiguously crap, Garfield is it.
Alright, so the past couple of weeks I’ve still sort of been doing a Monday/ Wednesday/ Friday schedule, but I’ve been posting a little bit more than that. On the other days, I’ve posted things like the non-colored versions of drawings that are gonna be posted the following day colored, so you can probably guess what I’m gonna be posting tomorrow. After I have the character guide all up, I’m probably going to move those posts around in the archive so they’re at the beginning, so new readers see them first. Then the non-colored versions of the drawings will stay here with their blogs for people who are going through the archives chronologically.
See, it all makes sense in my head. Sort of.
Alright, so over the last few weeks what I’ve been trying to do is gradually talk about my various upcoming projects that I want to be working on, and I think now I’ve got the ones that will be coming up in the immediate future covered.
The next batch of strips for A Waste of Time will be called Damaged Goods, and feature the return of Capitalist Pig as well as some additional new characters. I’m going to start posting that in the next few weeks. Simultaneous to that, I’m going to be working on my big piece that will discuss the porn industry and the lives of some porn actors. I figure I’ll start posting that after the first chapter or two of Damaged Goods are posted, and maybe alternate chapters from each project as I post them. Tying in to Damaged Goods, I’m talking to people about working on some music for an EP of songs by Dove of Love, Prester’s favorite Christian rock band. If you’re interested in being involved in that, let me know, as it has the potential for awesomeness.
Kind of as a companion to all of this, I’m working on The Comics Manifesto, and also a series of trading cards, Douchebags of Comics. So far the response to Douchebags of Comics has been really enthusiastic, with a ton of responses, and some people very eager to tell me people they feel deserve cards. If you have suggestions for people who you think should get cards, let me know. So far, the incomplete list of people getting cards or under consideration is something like:
Already have illustrations for cards:
Orson Scott Card
Definitely receiving cards:
J. Michael Straczynski
That’s a rough, incomplete list, but it touches on a lot of the heavy hitters, especially Dave Sim, who so far has got the most suggestions for having a card out of anybody by a large, large margin.
For the next couple of weeks, I’m still going to be posting odds and ends, including the next couple entries in the character guide for my website, so check back. After I’ve posted these things, it will be on to Damaged Goods!
I’m posting this the day after Valentine’s Day because I drew it as a Valentine’s Day present for my boyfriend, and I didn’t want him to see it online before I gave it to him.
Another reason for some of the delays in posting in the last month or so would be this guy, since we’ve been spending a lot of time together. He’s the first guy in several years that I’ve officially been boyfriends with, and we’ve only been dating since the end of December, but when something’s right it’s right.
I’ve written some comics about him already, but there’s a lag between my current life and the comics that I’ve posted since, in case you didn’t know, comics are a lot of work, dammit. A big theme of the comics I’m doing in my next set of storylines, Damaged Goods, is the question of whether or not our past is damaging enough to us that it inhibits our ability to move into the future. The dating strips in the first part of things involve me looking at and going over some of my old relationships in my head, and kind of wondering what it was about them that didn’t work. I was hoping for the collection to come to come kind of conclusion or speculation about the reasons people can have such a hard time connecting with each other, and then ask the question of whether those problems can be overcome. My relationship with this guy, then, will provide the perfect ending for the collection, because as I’m dating him, how well it works will provide the answer to those questions.
That’s sort of part of the high concept of a lot of my comics, to have it partly very planned out and structured, but then to leave room within that structure for real life to happen, because the comics are partly autobiographical, so there’s always going to be part of the story that I don’t know yet, because it hasn’t yet happened.
So far, though, it’s looking like this collection could have a happy ending. This guy, he indulges my inner nerd, watches Star Wars with me and talks about writing, he’s easy to hang out with, affectionate and not emotionally cauterized like some guys I’ve dated. And then, on top of that, he’s exceptionally cute, which is important due to the fact that I’m shallow.
He makes me feel the way past crummy relationships made me wonder if I would ever feel. It feels good to know that, in spite of all the encouragement for pessimism, I’m still stupid enough to be optimistic :)